Yes. It is pretty typical. You have been bitten by the CCI Byte fiasco. This means your cable provider has turned on copy protection on those channels. However, if you have local broadcast HD stations, they should not be copy protected (by FCC rule). Not all cable companies copy protect the programs. Is the regular TBS station still analog? Or is it a SD digital station? If it is analog, you usually won't have any kind of copy protection. Although, I believe it is possible that it can have Macrovision applied to the analog signal. If it is an SD digital station, count yourself lucky that it doesn't also have copy protection applied to it. My cable company (Comcast) no longer gives me access to the analog stations. The cablecard maps everything to a digital version.